Let it snow! Wintry conditions for Big Island summits

Let it snow! Wintry conditions for Big Island summits
Mauna Kea on Tuesday (Image: University of Hawaii)
Mauna Kea on Tuesday (Image: University of Hawaii)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A combination of storm systems over the state could result in up to 5 feet of snow on the Big Island summits this week.

The road to the summit of Mauna Kea remained closed above the 9,200-foot level on Thursday due to a combination of severe weather factors, including snow and strong winds. Web cams from the Mauna Kea Weather Center showed the summit blanketed in white.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m. Thursday. Heavy snow is expected above 12,000 feet on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Snowfall of 2 to 5 feet with localized higher amounts is possible.

A High Wind Warning is also in effect until 6 a.m. Friday. Forecasters say winds will reach 65 to 75 mph with localized gusts over 110 mph.

The heavy snow will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds that could result in drifting and blowing snow and reduced visibility.

This story may be updated. 

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